465 Bar and Restaurant

4.4
178 Reviews
$30 and under
American
465 Bar and Restaurant, The Museum of Fine art's newest dining venue, is ideal for gatherings of friends or an intimate dinner. A seasonal menu emphasizes fresh, local ingredients with a root-to-stalk focus that is innovative as well as environmentally friendly.

Located in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Are designed by I.M. Pei, this space features 6 still-lifes from the MFA's collection.

Whether interested in sipping finely crafted cocktails or mocktails, sharing small plates with friends, indulging in a multi-course meal or a quick bite and discussion before or after a film, lecture or program, 465 Bar and Restaurant offers comfortable space for socializing amid world class art. From summer concerts on the patio to special-occasion meals with the whole family, the unique offerings and experiences possible at 465 are endless.

Diners at all MFA restaurant locations pay regular Museum admission, and can visit for free on Wednesday evenings and during Community Celebrations.
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VeggieLover
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at 465 for a preconcert dinner. Service was attentive and all staff was friendly. Very quiet with few diners since it was early, 5 pm. Only complaint was that the rolls were very stale. Otherwise food was delicious and beautifully plated.

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Brownotter
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I went for Sunday lunch between visiting exhibits at the MFA. This is a peaceful restaurant, and nice place for conversation, or meeting friends. The menu is short, but most people should find something they like. (I had the chicken paillard on salad - freshly cooked, tender and healthy, if not too imaginative, while my husband had the individual quiche, also freshly cooked.) The service was outstanding.

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Russellg
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

An evening at the MFA is a delight. The food at 465 Bistro is very good. Oddly, the service was not, though the servers were pleasant and well-meaning. For example, dinner was rushed with the main course brought out before we were close to finishing our appetizers, which meant chaos on the table.

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MaryM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I went to the 465 Bar and Restaurant for brunch before a lecture at 2:00. The atmosphere and ambiance is lovely and perfect for a Sunday afternoon. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable about the menu, and personable. My only reason for lowering my scores for this restaurant is the food: I ordered Crab Benedict--basically Eggs Benedict with crab instead of Canadian bacon. The English muffins were thin, topped with eggs and a very small pile of crab, and placed on a huge pile of baby spinach that overwhelmed the dish. The crab seemed to be from a can rather than fresh. We ordered a side of roasted potatoes that were good.

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Pemmily
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

They changed from the old restaurant that was there - to tell the truth, the food from the old
restaurant was much better. It is still a great option to go toan exhibit and then go upstairs to
eat 0 you don't have to move your car, etc. I will continue to go there but hopefully they will
upgrade their food.

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JudyG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect place to relax and have a nice light meal before a concert. The service was wonderful, plenty of space between tables so we could carry on a conversation without others listening. It was nice to be in a restaurant where we didn't have to speak loudly to hear each other. The server was so attentive and very sweet. We will be back!

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AndrewC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent specials; spicy mussels were delicious with a savory broth; fish tacos were perfectly prepared

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Karin
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we were surprised by the brunch menu presented on a Sunday, we're glad we stayed. The meal was excellent. Service was attentive. Lovely venue.

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viptallyho
Kansas City
315 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

465 Bar and Restaurant was a very soothing experience in the Boston Museum of Fine Art. The beet salad and artic char were delicious. The ambiance is very cool and it was a great time!

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bloostocking
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about our extended lunch here on a quiet Friday afternoon. The service, food, and drinks were all fabulous, and the atmosphere invites one to linger and relax for as long as one likes.

We'll be sure to make this a part of our next museum visit!

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Diane
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavors were unbelievably good - ordered smaller plates

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Simon
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. One of best in Boston for ambience, food and comfort. And having great art around to see before and after a meal is marvelous x

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was spectacular. Drinks were great. Only issue was the very limited menu options.

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vipWilliamB
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Because it was Valentine's Day, and we made a late reservation, we were in the less plush part of the dining room - usually dedicated to meetings and large groups - but the nighttime view into the lighted courtyard was pleasant. The video art in that space, which had been on the last time I was there, was turned off, and that was disappointing. One of the best features of 465 is that it is comfortably quiet. It was possible to have a relaxed conversation.
Sweet pepper soup was pleasant, although the caviar garnish didn't come through to me as much of a flavor. The pate was excellent, with perfect accompaniments. I thought the lobster fettuccine was disappointing, primarily because the fettuccine was overcooked.
Despite that criticism, this is one of my favorite venues for dinner and conversation. A bonus on that frigid Friday was a short, indoor walk to an interesting movie - or, in this case, a goofy one, "The Princess Bride."

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vipVanessaS
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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AndrewH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose small plates to experience as much as possible. Gorgeous presentation, very tasty combinations. Beets and artichokes were great. The scallops were excellent, though $16 for 4 scallops seemed like a lot. Duck breast was good -- it did not stand out like the others.

The dessert we shared was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The food was just not memorable.

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LisaMoralesPhoto
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Although the service was oddly slow and stilted the mushroom bisque and roasted cauliflower were fabulous. The roasted eggplant was bland and unremarkable. Gorgeous dining room.

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Sisty
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved the food. We had two small plates and one large plate between the two of us and enjoyed the presentation and the flavors of everything we ate. The food was interesting, colorful and carefully combined to bring out the very interesting combination of flavors in each dish. The amount of food was just right for the two of us. The accompanying session beer and sparkling rose were lovely. Service was good and the space is quieter than most restaurants, wonderful for those of us who enjoy conversation without competition. We will return for sure.

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Dining3
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place, but liked the old name,"BRAVO" better as 465 is harder to remember!
Usually super quiet and love banquettes and art viewing ahead of time. Was an event when we were there, but sat away from it, so not bothersome. Food very good!

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vipSteveR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the fifth time we’ve come. It’s excellent and improving upon itself. The small plates are inventive and delicious. Keep it going! The wine prices are very reasonable. I just wish there was more variety. There’s more to life than Cabernet, although I have seen some movement to diversify.

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PhillipT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quite place for a business diner. Highly recommend for serious discussions.

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vipSusanP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I met a good friend for lunch and a leisurely stroll through the MFA over the recent holiday weekend and was delighted with 465 Bar & Restaurant. As a new member, it's nice to know that there are a variety of options for dining at the MFA and we both found the setting to be quite relaxing, the service was great and the food was tasty.
It was my first time trying uncooked butternut squash spirals and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was (crisp, sweet, refreshingly good). However there were not any pearl onions served with it.
The scallop skewers were also delicious, but they were out of kumquats. The only thing that was substandard was the greeting when we arrived...the woman who seated us wasn't warm and friendly at all.

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AdeeB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A 1st class dining experience inside the Museum of Fine Arts. Staff & Chef were very attentive & accommodating. Diverse menu with vegetarian & vegan options. Delicious!

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barbara
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was all wonderful a nice peaceful experience with great service and food

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BrendaB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was fantastic and the food was very good. There wasn't as much selection on the menu as there had been when it was Bravo, but what they had was good. I thought it was a little pricey, but considering it's inside a museum, not unexpected.

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vipExperiencedDiner
New England
33 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food out of the kitchen was fabulous. The only issue was the rushed delivery of entrees, well before we were ready for them. The manager said that she would talk to her staff about this.

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vipEastCoastFoodie
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Lovely, quiet setting. Delicious food.

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vipDavid
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent fine dining experience in a nicely renovated setting reminiscent of the old Bravo. Service was attentive and superb. Cocktails, however, are overpriced.

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JohnW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Located in the Museum of Fine Arts 465 Bar and Restaurant provides an inviting opportunity for a relaxing meal of excellent quality. After visiting the Nubia Exhibit my adult daughter and I went for cocktails and dinner. The atmosphere is very pleasant and it is quiet enough (not too quiet) for conversation. We enjoyed excellent craft cocktails and sampled a wide selection of small plates. All were very good, we particularly enjoyed the mushroom bisque and the chorizo risotto. A delicious flourless chocolate cake topped off the meal. Our waiter - though confessing to be new - was excellent. He was properly attentive while leaving us time to enjoy our meal. He knew the menu well and was able to answer any questions we had. This is a great place to top off a visit to one of the best museums in the U.S.

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vipKathryn
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

465 is quiet and elegant, a truly unique Boston place to dine offering a peaceful setting. The service is always good and food is delicious. The brunch menu could have used some lighter options, but all was well prepared and excellent.

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PeterN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had our adult daughters join us for Friday night dinner after they finished work - one arrived late and our server didn’t skip a beat; he seamlessly caught her up with us. Was a lovely meal.

My one suggestion is having the museum bring in some of the collection into the dining space. Possibly rotating some of the more unique items from time to time.

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viplowkeygourmet
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Both our lunch entrees were excellent—mushroom bisque and grilled salmon with salad. Pleasant uncluttered decor, good and courteous service. We recommended this restaurant for years under the old Bravo label and will revisit and recommend the new 465 with equal enthusiasm.

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vipNotsofussy
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal. Good food, unobtrusive but efficient service. 6 of us were able to talk and laugh and enjoy ourselves and the meal. Recommended if you're visiting the MFA and want a relaxing, delicious meal after.

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vipdmiller204
New England
46 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Our first visit to what had previously been Bravo - a restaurant we had frequented regularly on evening trips to the MFA. Will just start by saying the food was good. Selection is not huge, as might be expected given the surroundings, the basis for why people might find themselves there, and the likely requirement to pay attention to holding the line on operating costs. A small selection of tapas plates and a small selection of main courses. We went w several tapas plates. For those familiar w Bravo, this is arranged very similarly, but, and I think this is a mark in the negative column, even more sterile and w less color. Everything that I remember seeing is beige. The spacing between tables is generous - really generous in my opinion, as in lotsa open space. Our one concrete issue was w service. All service people seemed very well-intentioned. The problem was not that no one cared. My assessment of the problem was that no one was offering guidance (do more of this less of that), direction, or oversight. Perhaps as operations settle in this will improve.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We loved having dinner at 465 with friends! It was great fun to peruse a few fabulous museum exhibits, take a break for a leisurely, yet well-curated dinner, and then get back out there, revived and refreshed for another exhibit. The food was absolutely delicious and creative, and the wait staff was attentive and helpful. The wines were all spot on, and our server was kind enough to bring over a sample before deciding on one. The newly done decor is quietly sophisticated, modern, and beautiful. The atmosphere is perfect for folks like us who actually enjoy a hip, but subdued scene, instead of the loud clanging vibe found at many hip spots in town. The one suggestion we have is that it would be even more intimate and elegant if the lighting were turned down a notch, and candlelight was added at the tables. All in all, it was a lovely experience!

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amyjoy
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We liked everything about our experience at 465. Five of us sat comfortably in a lovely booth, more open than most conventional ones. We had appetizers, the most outstanding of which were clams with pesto and sun dried tomatoes. Our entrees were delicious as was the dessert we shared. The service was excellent and given how quiet this restaurant is, we were all able to easily converse. It was one of the most relaxing dinners out I've had in a long time.

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Kerful1
New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent. We had lunch. My nephew had the lentil mushroom burger with sriracha chips, which he said was excellent. I had a trio of small plates - portabella mushroom soup, roasted cauliflower, and risotto, all of which were excellent. We were seated at a booth in the bar area, and the service was a little slow. Luckily, we were not in a rush. Ambiance was excellent - fairly quiet, comfortable seating.

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BrianL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit and will go again when we are next in Boston. Comfortable, quiet spot to enjoy a fabulous selection of small plates. Service and management excellent!

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MaryH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely setting to enjoy time with friends and delicious food. I’ll be back!

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